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 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 28, 2015 

PHS boys earn first-ever regional title

The boys Track and Field team emerged as the Region V champs at last week's regional meet in Juneau. The girls team took second place, behind Sitka, and twelve PHS athletes qualified for the State... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 28, 2015 

Injury shakes up Vikings; PHS falls to Kings in three games

The Vikings baseballers struggled to match the Ketchikan Kings intensity in a three-game matchup last week. A Friday night injury to starting pitcher Colby Bell’s hand shook up the team; they were finally able to recover and play competitively...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 28, 2015 

Aulbach to swim for Division I, University of Louisville

Petersburg High School senior Abel Aulbach will trade in his Viking blue for the University of Louisville's Cardinal red as he suits up to swim for the school's team starting this fall. Aulbach has...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 28, 2015 

$32,000 cut will mean decreased programming for KFSK

Local public radio station KFSK is preparing for a $32,000 cut to their budget in the coming fiscal year, starting July 1. “The legislature hasn’t passed a budget yet, but we do know pretty firmly that we have a 23 percent loss to our state...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015

Local woman convicted of credit card fraud

Petersburg resident Gesabel Rosa, 22, was convicted of six theft charges at a proceeding before Superior Court Judge William Carey on May 18. Nineteen fraud charges, including two felonies, were brought against Rosa following a police investigation...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 21, 2015

Four more track and field records broken as team heads into regionals

Petersburg High School's (PHS) Track and Field team took a small but mighty subsection of runners, jumpers and throwers to Ketchikan last week where another four school records were broken. After...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015

TRT fund changes advance; public hearing June 1

The Assembly unanimously passed, on second reading, an ordinance that would create a special revenue fund to house Transient Room Tax (TRT) revenues. Those funds currently go into the General Fund, and Finance Director Jody Tow said moving them to a...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015

Assembly authorizes Sandy Beach camping for Chataqua group

Assembly members at Monday’s regular meeting took swift action on a small agenda of items. The item garnering the most discussion was a request for long-term camping authorization at Sandy Beach Park by Parks and Rec Director Donnie Hayes for a...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015

Vikings fall to Juneau in three games

The Petersburg High School baseball Vikings fell to Juneau-Douglas in a three-game matchup last Wednesday and Thursday at Juneau. Though Juneau is one of the top teams in the conference, Head Coach Jim Engell said his team is capable of beating...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 14, 2015

Runners break four school records at Juneau Invitational

Sophomore Izabelle Ith and senior River Quitslund collectively broke four Petersburg High School (PHS) records at the Juneau Invitational May 8-9. Those record-breaking runs and jumps, in addition to...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 14, 2015

Baseball Vikings win 2 of 3 against Thunder Mountain

Strong hitting and good defense contributed to two wins at home against Thunder Mountain on Friday and Saturday. The Falcons kept the Vikings on their toes, and each game was hard fought. Senior...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 14, 2015

Quitslund will take running talents to PLU

Petersburg High School (PHS) senior River Quitslund will be adding his talents to a young team of runners at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) this fall. Quitslund has been running competitively all...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 14, 2015

PMC board moving forward with capital projects

The Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) will be making a few upgrades once it’s figured out where exactly to take the money from. PMC’s Board of Directors voted to move forward with a capital projects list containing six items; a long-term care tub...

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 7, 2015

Recycling petition withdrawn: Cart program slated to roll out this fall

A petition to retain the blue bags as part of the Borough’s curbside recycling program has been withdrawn by its sponsor Angela Davis and 13 co-sponsors, bringing to an end a several months long debate about the future of recycling collection in... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 7, 2015

Bed tax committee and grants dissolved with fund changes

A new special revenue fund, instead of the general fund, will now house Transient Room Tax (TRT) revenue, meaning the TRT committee and grant process they once oversaw will be dissolved. Assembly members unanimously approved the change at Monday’s... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    May 7, 2015

Design for PMPL building remodel underway

Borough Assembly members chose a remodel design option for the Petersburg Municipal Power and Light (PMPL) building after hearing a presentation from architect Linda Millard at Monday's regular...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 7, 2015

Vikings perform well in season opener against Sitka

The Petersburg High School baseball team opened its season at home versus the Sitka Wolves, defending state champs, in a three-game match up last weekend. Though the Vikings didn't come out on top in...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    May 7, 2015

Track and field warms up in Ketchikan

The Petersburg High School track and field team participated in the first official meet of the season in Ketchikan last weekend. The girls and boys team each finished in second place over all. PHS...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 30, 2015

Eight PHS students earn national certification for plate welding

Petersburg High School shop teacher Nick Popp took eight students to Sitka for a three-day welding performance exam April 15-17. All eight students passed at least two of three positions tested as... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 30, 2015

Crystal Lake rebuild still underway

Work on the new incubation building at Crystal Lake Hatchery continues, with completion expected in June. Though that's behind the original estimated completion date of March 2015, Loren Thompson,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 30, 2015

For rainy day picnics Ranger District adding cover to Blind River Rapids picnic area

Ever glance outside and think ‘Today just isn’t the day for a picnic’? There really aren’t many ideal days in a rainforest. But the Petersburg Ranger District is adding cover to the back loop picnic table area at Blind River Rapids...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 30, 2015

Visitor's Center housing upgraded Marine Mammal Kiosk

Tourists and local marine mammal lovers alike can now enjoy an updated, interactive Marine Mammal Kiosk at the Petersburg Visitor’s Center. The kiosk is a collaboration between the Visitor’s Center and the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center (PMMC),...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015

Blue bags or carts? Neither option has been discarded

Petersburg residents will get to choose whether to haul their recyclables to the curb in a cart or a blue bag, following the Assembly’s approval of a resolution Monday night that provides for the dual program. The new program is aimed at... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015

Beat the Odds funds support local cancer patients

Runners and walkers are expected to fill the street this Saturday at the Beat the Odds’ Circle of Life Cabin Creek 5k Run/Walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Sandy Beach Park, with warm ups and late registration preceding. The annual run/walk is...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015

Larger baseball roster brings opportunities for improvement

This year’s baseball team at Petersburg High School has nearly doubled in size from last year. Head Coach Jim Engell took just nine players to the regional tournament last year, the exact amount needed for a complete team. He said this year’s...


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